play is a performance with metal objects
Every version plays with the features of the location, including occasionally its functions, history and architecture,
and the objects and persons present on the spot.
Palais Tilly Wels (A) 9.9.2018: Le quattro stagioni remix
Klangspuren Tirol (A) 18.9.2016: Rosenkranz
Tufa Trier (D) 24.5.2014: out of the box video
Hotel Pupik Schrattenberg (A) 17.8.2013: cornucopia video
Les Trinitaires Metz (F) 25.5.2011
Kabelwerk Wien (A) 18.3.2000 video
Künstlerhaus Wien (A) 4.12.2005: play songs
Elisabeth Flunger's songs are instrumental songs without words; there are verse forms,
nursery rhymes, arythmic prose, yowling, breathing and screaming, obsessive rhythms and melancholic tunes. At the same time
they are a catalogue of playing techniques for a heap of metal objects.
große kreise 01
hits & standards
Trash instruments play compositions by Peter Ablinger, Georges Aperghis,
Earle Brown, John Cage, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Hans-Joachim Hespos,
Tom Johnson, Dieter Schnebel,
and Christian Wolff
Numerical games, random operations, experiments with playing techniques, improvisation,
indeterminacy appear as material events.
"That's very easy, everyone can do it."
Directed by Elisabeth Flunger, the audience gets the
chance to play - as soloists and in small and big ensembles. The
repertoire includes versions of Elisabeth Flungers songs,
compositions by John Cage and Dieter Schnebel, and pieces
from the London Scratch Orchestra.
Is music an universal language, or is language a sort of music?
part 1: the sound of speaking
part 2: the sound of writing
part 3: music as language
part 4: language as music
meeting is a discussion about one of the capital questions of musical understanding,
performed by collective improvisation, composition and interpretation with the help of all participants.
With the experts Mme Callas and Mme Ciccone as guest of honor, and a deputation from China,
sent to us to explore the relation between music and language.
damijan flunger lacina
piano, toy piano
The master of the prepared upright piano and the specialist for all sorts of bass guitars ...
David Ender, Elisabeth Flunger, Helga Gussner-Peham, Wolfgang Jagschitz,
Inge Kaindlstorfer, Maria Kreitner
Dance, movement, action, noise, music, installation, language, objects, everyday life.
found in translation
echoraum Wien 25.-26.10 2019
Fuge . Randale
Tanz*Hotel Wien 30.4.-2.5.2019
Gras wachsen hören
doublebass, electronics, composition
Four scientists from Biolingua Institute open their laboratory and come up with a
groundbreaking revelation: the supposedly silent world of plants is in actual fact full of sounds.
Production Wien Modern, Dschungel Wien and Liquid Penguin Ensemble
Das Große Rauschen
Background noise is perpetual and ubiquitous, as well inside our bodies as in the surroundings.
This concert repertoire approaches the matter in different ways: improvisations with tinnitus sounds,
experiments with listening experiences and sound effects, and homages to musicians and composers who
achieved great things in the research and musical appropriation of noise: Birgit Ulher, Miki Yui,
Bernhard Günter, Oval, Peter Ablinger, Friedrich Cerha, Howard Skempton ...
Tinnitus is a hearing experience that occurs without sound reaching the ear: neural signals are
perceived in the brain due to a malfunction of the ear, usually as a result of stress or noise exposure.
Tinnitus sounds can be very different from person to person and occur in the entire audible frequency spectrum.
Tinnitus Scenes I
: 12 installations with mini-speakers and objects, originally in the lockers of Unternehmen
Mitte in Basel (Festival KlangRäume). Transportable version in A4 boxes.
Tinnitus scenes II
: Improvisation with tinnitus sounds. Collection of sound material.
for violin, double bass, flute, clarinet, accordion and percussion. Commissioned by TENM
Tiroler Ensemble für Neue Musik, premiere 5.11.2019
The axis of the well-twisted sound is back in the usual good mood and presents its adventurous
music close to the abyss. In the middle Chris, guitar and electronics, responsible for the harmonies,
on the left side Elisabeth, with her metal sheets she believes in catharsis through noise, and on the
right Edgar: with his record collection he comments the whole thing on the spot.
Studio session 3.6.2017 video 3
Studio session 3.6.2017 video 4
Echoraum 26.1.2018 Klangmanifeste Festival video 2
All parts of the drum set as it is used in rock pop and jazz and many of the european
orchestral percussion instruments come from military music. Originally, they were not developed as
musical instruments only, but they had mainly strategical functions.
is a collection of percussion pieces which can be played both as improvisations
and as sheet music, as solos or as duos. They include drum sounds inspired by military music and war
sounds, marches in various speeds and styles, heroic tympani pieces and citations from classical works,
and transcriptions from WW1 and WW2 battle sound recordings.
Alte Schmiede Wien, 12.1.2016
Elisabeth Flunger & Lukas Schiske, perc
Galérie Dominique Lang Dudelange 5.3.2016
Elisabeth Flunger & Robert Hall, perc
Théâtre de Verdun 24.1.2016
Elisabeth Flunger perc, Lee Patterson elec, Emmanuelle Pellegrini v
Croquer les fougères
Les Éparges, Festival Densités 28.11.2018
"Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes ?” outdoor performance with remote drummers: Sean Baxter, Burkhard Beins,
Robert Hall, Mr Marcaille (excerpt)
Croquer les fougères
Berghammer Flunger Vicard & Gnigler
mp3s nr 1 nr 2
nr 3 nr 4
& Jakob Gnigler
tenor saxophone mp3
13.2.2018 at mag3 (Wien)
Croquer les fougères … pour en finir avec le sacré ?
a project on the First World War, organised by Vudunoeuf
Emilie Borgo, Céline Larrère
(L/I) music, percussion, installation
(UK) music, electronics, installation
(F) text performance
Théâtre de Verdun 24.1.2016
Flunger perc, Patterson elec, Pellegrini v
Flunger perc, Patterson elec, Pellegrini v dictaphone
Les Éparges 28.11.2017 Festival Densités: Drum battle
"Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes ?” outdoor performance with Sean Baxter, Burkhard Beins,
Robert Hall, Mr Marcaille (excerpt)
30 poems in Viennese dialect, written by Gerhard Rühm in 1956/57 (Rainer Verlag, Berlin 1966).
Alte Schmiede Wien 18.1.2018 video
WUK Wien 12.6.1993 video
outside and inside are happening things you mostly ignore: street and construction noises, train and bus
sounds, waterdrops falling, devices running and humming, children playing, conversations you don’t listen to,
signs, inscriptions and papers telling things you won’t read – noises and texts which form the background of
everyday life. We decided that these emissions are worth taking a closer look at. We collected and transcribed
them and bring them on stage.
Mechanical processes turn into expressive events, ear-battering noises change to graceful chamber music, shreds
of conversation produce pocket dramas of unintentional humour or pure poetry.
The installation große kreise 08 transmits some ambient noises from the surroundings into the concert hall and
merges the inside and the outside, everyday reality and music.
“So what is art but personalizing found objects?” Morton Feldman
Saarbrücken 10.9.2015 video 1
: construction areas, tinnitus
Saarbrücken 10.9.2015 video 2
: street, bus, train, swimming pool
bass guitar, stuff
Room Service is an exploratory music project of David Ender and Elisabeth Flunger.
They have already been working together in various ensembles since the 1990s, as
the performance group Damen-Improvisation & HerrenBIGbäng
the blues/rock trio Baitrunner with Peter Panayi, the band of Gert Hühnerbrand
& Gretl Uebenflaihs, the project YOO DOO RIGHT
with Karlheinz Essl, and different formations dedicated to free improvisation.
19.2.2015 Im_flieger mp3
with Peter Panayi git
2.3.2016 NadaLokal mp3
with Chris Janka git
Bruckner & Flunger
nr 1 mp3
nr 2 mp3
Alte Schmiede Wien 24.6.2015_3 mp3
Alte Schmiede Wien 24.6.2015_4 mp3
SchlagTrio stands for three different approaches to percussion – Bernd Bleffert’s DIY instruments,
Wolfgang Schliemann’s extended drum set, Elisabeth Flunger’s objets trouvés. They enlarge the percussive
sound repertory with experimental and performative playing techniques like bowing, blowing, scraping, wiping,
throwing, pulling, wiggling, rolling, faking, and they use to complete their improvisations with installations,
performances and audience actions.
duck fish mp3
und dann mp3
Tufa Trier 13.11.2011 video1
was ist das
Language and percussion as toys: sounds, words and movements get stirred, moved and repeated until
sense disappears and something similar to music comes up.
13.5.2013 Moers Nachtstimmen im Bauwagen video
Anthem / Split Double audio installations
Elisabeth Flunger & Robert Hall
fractionises national anthems from the time of World War I and reassembles them in a new way,
giving them a new symbolic form according to their charater and to the historic circumstances.
creates an illusory symmetry with
images from the 1st World War who emphasize symmetry and regularity in a horrendous scenery.
The audio installations Anthem
and Split Double
were part of Robert Hall’s exhibition
Anthem and Decorum
at Galerie Dominique Lang, Dudelange (L).
Session & soup
Play, listen, eat, drink in Trintange (L) and Terlano (I) 2011-2016
with Rajivan Ayyappan, Katharina Bihler, Loris Binot, Gérard Delesse, David Ender, Elisabeth Flunger,
Bernhard Günther, Serge Lamesch, Stefan Scheib, Emilie Skrijelj, Tomás Tello, Marcel Reuter, Franck Hemmerle,
Ute Völker, Gianfranco Celestino, Claudia Dylla, Christina Burchardt, Bruno Kewitsch, Unki, Annick Pütz, Lex Gillen,
Robert Hall, Sascha Ley, Bernart Biersohn, Pierre Grandidier, Karl-Heinz Heydecke, Nicolas Billaux, Magdalena Fey,
Laia Genc, Anne Kaftan, Michel Pilz, Patrice Caire, Barbara Witzel, Thierry Faber, Julien Farlin, Daniel Prätzlich,
Carlo Benzi, Julia & Lucia, Paul Hoffmann, Henri Foehr, Martine Schaack ...
electronics, electric guitar
MUDAM Luxembourg 25.4.2012 video
free radicals are looking for the typical and the archetypical in their work as artists and performers, as well as in their lifes.
They steal behaviours, speech and movement samples from their everyday life and personal history and use them as a material for improvisation.
They deal with real and imaginary folk dance and folk music, and they invoke clichés from ancient traditional customs and from contemporary conventions.
Essl Museum 18.4.2012 video
Any other activities are going on at the same time
The installation and performance explores the boundaries of music: music as action, visual elements, audience participation, and the variability
of the musical work through improvisation and random influences. The program includes Fluxus artists, composers of the Scratch Orchestra and of the New York School,
several European composers since 1950, as well as some outstanding works from the early avant-garde which expanded the possibilities and the significance of music.
Ort Wuppertal 11.2.2012 video
bösze flunger völker
Alte Schmiede Wien 27.5.2008 #1
Alte Schmiede Wien 27.5.2008 #2
interactive video concert
in collaboration with Sneja_D (2011).
The audience plays the soundtrack to videos by Sneja_D and Elisabeth Flunger.
A train journey, people on the street, a balloon flight : Images can be a
score, or a dialog partner in improvisation, or the source of a musical drama.
Concerts with improvised and experimental music in Luxembourg, organized
in collaboration with LUCILIN
Works by Peter Ablinger, Karlheiz Essl, Edu Haubensak, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Catherine Kontz, Bruno Maderna, Dieter Schnebel, Christian Wolff
Liquid Penguin Ensemble, Jean-Philippe Gross & Emmanuelle Pellegrini
Bernd Bleffert, Elisabeth Flunger, Christian Wolfarth
Steve Kaspar, das mollsche gesetz
Rajivan Ayyappan & Emre Sevindik, Pirx
Cordula Bösze, Elisabeth Flunger, André Pons-Valdès
Maurice Clement, Pia Palme & Klaus Lang
Agnés Palier & Christoph Schiller, Liedertafel Irsch / Gottfried Sembdner
ISO Pop Corn
video installation/live performance
: soundtrack, live performance
ISO Pop Corn – 2nd generation
is an installation with 20 short video clips showing single popcorn explosions.
The installation is part of Sneja_D’s work series Power Corn
, which deals with the issue of standardization of life in general and food in particular.
ISO Pop Corn – 1st generation human designed popcorn
was a computer designed “perfect” popcorn in 3D animation and its multiplication
as a 3D print object. ISO Pop Corn – 2nd generation
brings back the irrationality and randomness of natural processes.
Galerie Dominique Lang, Dudelange 19.11.2011 performance video
YOO DOO RIGHT
Jack Hauser voc
Peter Panayi git
David Ender b
Elisabeth Flunger dr
Karlheinz Essl elec
Yoo Doo Right is a song on Can's 1969 debut album, Monster Movie, which had been edited down from a six-hour
improvisation to a mere twenty minutes. Since 2001, David Ender, Karlheinz Essl, Elisabeth Flunger, Jack Hauser and
Peter Panayi performed this song in several hour-long concerts in memory of Can’s guitarist Michael Karoli.
Sammlung Essl 4.9.2010 video
Damen-Improvisation & HerrenBIGbäng
Damen-Improvisation & HerrenBIGbäng was a performance group of dancers and musicians active
from 1995 to 2000. In weekly rehearsals they researched the interaction and the autonomy of music and dance,
the relations between dance and non-dance, music and non-music, of performance and reality, and various
strategies of improvisation. They appeared in their monthly event „Tänzerei Grotesque Royal d’Amour
Withinner Space Musicians“ at Konzerthaus Theater and in numerous performances in public space.
Elisabeth Flunger & Inge Kaindlstorfer
Inge Kaindlstorfer and Elisabeth Flunger both use very simple, elementary patterns as basic material
for their performance. Also, both set out from very similar preconditions: While Elisabeth Flunger asks why
and where random noise changes into music, Inge Kaindlstorfer explores the creation of dance out of everyday
movements. Two independent performances taking place simultaneously: Both translate their common approach into
a language of their own, instead of simply providing music for the dance or moving to the music.
Elisabeth Flunger & Jorge Sanchez-Chiong
Alte Schmiede Wien 1.4.2006 mp3
Elisabeth Flunger & Hannes Löschel
Looking for an escape from the classical music course, Elisabeth Flunger and Hannes Löschel worked together from
1990 to 1994, also in a trio with Anne-Marie Bösch (recorder flute), and in a project on time perception with artist
Lisi Breuss. The collaboration started from contemporary music, was later based on free improvisation and led to the
composition of a series of duo pieces which were released on CD in november 2016.
Ich habe zählen gelernt (1994) mp3
Percussion duo Elisabeth Flunger & Lukas Schiske
From 1986 to 1990 Elisabeth Flunger and Lukas Schiske worked as a duo, also under the name of les guetteurs de sons
(from a piece of Georges Aperghis), also in a trio/quartet with Martin Breinschmid and Eggert Pálsson. They played works by
Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, Mauricio Kagel, Karlheinz Essl, Steve Reich, John Cage, Yoshihisa Taïra, Charles Boone and others.
Karl Heinz Essl: Rudiments
(1989) Martin Breinschmid, Elisabeth Flunger,
Eggert Pálsson, Lukas Schiske perc
Elisabeth Flunger: Martialische Untertöne
(2016) Elisabeth Flunger & Lukas Schiske, perc
Karl Schiske: Dialog
(1963), arrangement: Elisabeth Flunger (2016) Elisabeth Flunger & Lukas Schiske, perc